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AM vows to fight Indesit closure

Indesit washing machine
Vale of Clwyd AM Ann Jones says not only Indesit staff will be hit

A Welsh Assembly Member has vowed to do all she can to stop the closure of an Indesit washing machine machine factory which employs 305 people.

But Vale of Clwyd AM Ann Jones said she did not want to give any false hope to the Indesit workforce at Kinmel Park in Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire.

The AM has met officials from the Unite union to discuss plans to try and avoid closure.

Indesit blamed the planned closure on a "continuing" decline in the market.

Ms Jones said the closure would affect more than the 305 staff at Indesit, because it would "also hit the supply chain".

She added: "These are highly-skilled jobs that I don't think we can afford to lose.

"I am working closely with the unions and I want to meet with the workers to let them know I am doing all I can to ensure every avenue has been explored.

"We must leave no stone unturned in trying to see if there is any way to avoid this closure."

However, she said it was too early to say whether a solution could be found, adding: "I don't want to build up the false hopes among what must be a shattered workforce.

"We must beaver away in the background and do all we can.

"I don't think it's responsible to say 'We're going to save the plant,' because we don't know."

Announcing the closure proposals on Tuesday, Carlos Ramos, UK manufacturing director for Indesit, said the company regretted having to make the proposal, but a continuing decline in the market meant the situation was "unsustainable".

Ms Jones said she was seeking a meeting with Mr Ramos to make sure all options had been explored.

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